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True Romance (1993)

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In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine - the Mob - track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Clarence Worley
... Alabama Whitman
... Clifford Worley
... Mentor
... Drexl Spivey
... Floyd - Dick's Roommate
... Vincenzo Coccotti
... Elliot Blitzer
... Big Don
... Dick Ritchie
... Lee Donowitz
... Mary Louise Ravencroft
... Virgil
... Lucy (as Anna Thomson)
... Lenny
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In Detroit, Clarence Worley goes to the movie theater alone on the day of his birthday to watch some movies. The gorgeous Alabama Whitman accidentally drops her popcorn on Clarence and they watch the movie together. Later they go to a diner for pie, and end up having a one night stand. In the morning, Alabama confesses that she is a call-girl hired to spend the night with him, but she has fallen in love with him. In the morning they get married and Clarence goes to the club where she worked to bring her some clothes. However, her pimp Drexl Spivey and his partner beat up Clarence and he reacts by killing them both. Clarence asks for Alabama's suitcase with her clothes and the other girls mistakenly give another one with cocaine. When Clarence discovers the mistake, he decides to travel with Alabama to the house of his friend, the aspiring actor Dick Ritchie, to sell the drug and travel to Mexico. He visits his father Clifford Worley and gives his address to him. But the Sicilian Mafia... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Not since Bonnie and Clyde have two people been so good at being bad. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and language, and for sexuality and drug use | See all certifications »

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10 September 1993 (USA)  »

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Amor a quemarropa  »

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$13,000,000 (estimated)

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$12,281,500
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Tom Sizemore was originally cast as Virgil before eventually assuming the role of Cody Nicholson. Sizemore recommended James Gandolfini for the role of Virgil. See more »

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When Clifford Worley is being roughed up by Coccotti and his boys, Clifford remarks [paraphrasing here] that "Italians are part ni*gers" and proceeds to explain how the Moors intermixed with the Italian people in the 14th century. Moors are a different race than Negroes (sometimes derisively called ni*gers). Moors inhabited north Africa and Iberia (present day Spain). The Negro races are originally from sub-Saharan Africa. See more »

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Clarence Worley: In Jailhouse Rock he was everything rockabilly's about. I mean, he is rockabilly. Mean, surly, nasty, rude. In that movie he couldn't give a fuck about nothing except rockin' and rollin', living fast, dying young and leaving a good-looking corpse.
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1 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

I've seen Reservoir Dogs, I've seen Pulp Fiction & I've seen Jackie Brown, but for me this is Tarantino's best crime caper. Completely engrossing from start to finish, the story of the two lovers who are on the run is not entirely believable, but seriously enjoyable. You get your fill of guns, sex, style and pop-culture, and the usual array of celebrity cameos in a film that seems a whole lot more 'close'. Whereas Pulp Fiction felt like one long trailer, with every line razor-sharp and a load of hip music that made the film go so quickly, True Romance offers you the chance to savour every moment, as the film moves at a (slightly) slower pace. Enjoy the blazing finale, and just wonder how it might have turned out if Tarantino had got his hands on the camera...


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